10 Reasons to Intern Abroad with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad

1. Make Your Resume Stand OutDifferentiate215

An international summer internship will automatically distinguish you from other university students competing with you in the job market. Only a small percentage of students study abroad – and even fewer intern abroad -  so participation in an internship overseas can give you the professional advantage you need to succeed by giving you in demand global skills. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad internships are high-quality placements in your field of study, not just simple tasks such as filing or shadowing more senior staff members.

2. Discover a New Country

You will be physically and culturally immersed in your host country on a much deeper level than many other types of study abroad programs can provide. Working as an intern abroad provides you with insight into foreign work environments and customs. Our in-country staff will enhance your discovery of the country and culture through planned activities and personal assistance.

3. Receive Academic Credit

Academic credit is available through Chapman University, in Orange, California - for most summer internships as well as those during the semester. Participants may be able to arrange credit directly through their home institution. Earning academic credit for your work experience is a great way to show future employers that you successfully completed your internship.

4. Expand your Global Network

It is important that as you build your career, that you build a circle of mentors, contacts, and friends.  All of our international summer internships will give you the opportunity to make international contacts not available through a domestic internship experience. Not only will your internship supervisor be able to comment on your work ethic and skill level, but they might also become a valuable contact for future job networking. The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Academic Assessment Supervisor will also become familiar with your abilities. The rest of the connections that you discover as you intern abroad are up to you!

5. Improve your Language Skills or Learn a New Language

Due to a global economy, many companies are either already doing international business or are seeking to expand overseas. One of the most import global skills employers are seeking is foreign language ability. Take advantage of our optional Mandarin language lessons in China or optional Spanish lessons in Spain or Chile. All of our other destinations are very multicultural, so you can seek out opportunities to learn or practice a foreign language in Hong Kong, Australia, or New Zealand during one of our summer international internships. Your ability to speak multiple languages will make you more marketable to future employers.  

6. Grow your ‘Soft Skills’

Employers often comment that graduates who come straight from university lack interpersonal or 'soft skills' - meaning they have difficulty interacting with people in a work setting.  Our intern abroad programs allow you to prove you can bridge cultural and language barriers to successfully work with others. You will be faced with small challenges everyday pertaining to communication barriers and understanding various points of view from a cultural perspective. At the end of your internship placement, you will have learned how to communicate in a global work environment, which is highly transferable work skill.

7. Gain Confidence

Our alumni often speak of the confidence they gained during their internship abroad. You will grow in your independence and self reliance throughout your semester or summer internships program, giving you confidence to take on greater challenges in your future career.

8. Prove You Can Take the Initiative

By undertaking an internship abroad, you will show future employers that you are the kind of person who makes opportunities for yourself rather than waiting for something to happen. Employers rank confidence, interpersonal skills, and initiative as three of the most important attributes for employment.

9. Develop A Global Perspective and Understanding

You will gain a much broader view of current events as well as topics within your own field of study. This will help you to view future challenges differently and solve problems from a different perspective. 

10. Learn about Yourself and Discover Your Personal Brand

Just like a corporation, you need a strong brand and personal story that tells people who you are and why they would benefit from your association. This is particularly true from a professional perspective.  Before you can create and communicate your personal brand, you will need to invest in self-discovery.  Study abroad naturally lends itself to personal discovery by pushing you outside your comfort zone.  A semester or summer internship abroad will give you the opportunity to test a career path, give you interesting stories to share, and offer you the space and time to think about your values and unique characteristics that shape who you are. By the design of our programs and with the assistance of our staff, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will also help you through this discovery process.

Need another reason to go - How about this one: It’s An Experience You Will Never Forget

We know that your overseas work experience is not just about adding a new section to your resume.  Living and working abroad is filled with exciting new sights, people, and experiences.  You will discover a new way of life and make friends that you will have for a lifetime.